Last March, Olivia Jade ghosted the world and more or less went into hiding in the wake of her mother's college bribery scandal.
Now, she has resurfaced on YouTube with a special video for her fans, followers, and detractors alike. ...
Olivia Jade marked her YouTube return with a two-minute video with an understated title: "Hi Again."
"Hi everybody, it’s Olivia Jade," she begins. "Welcome back to my YouTube channel. Obviously, I’ve been gone for a really long time."
"And as much as I wish that I could talk about all of this ..." Jade expresses.
"It's really hard for me to say this," she admits, "because I know that it's something that needs to be addressed."
"I'm legally not allowed to speak on anything going on right now," Olivia emphasizes.
"A part of me is like ... should I come back to YouTube right now?" she admits. "Because it's been so long and I actually really, really miss it."
"I genuinely miss filming," Jade expresses. "I feel like a huge part of me is just not the same because this is something that I'm really passionate about."
"But I also didn't know," she explains. "I debated for 7 or 8 months, like, 'If I can't talk about it, is there a point in coming back?'"
"There’s no point in me just talking for 10 minutes to the camera about how I wish I could say something when I really can’t," Olivia states.
She continues: "So I’m gonna leave it at that."
“Thank you so much for your patience," Jade tells her fans and viewers.
She adds: "Or if you’ve stuck around for nine months just waiting, I really appreciate it."
"This is the best I can do and I want to move on with my life,” Olivia assesses.
She admits that she is leery of sounding selfish.
“It’s so hard because I’m not trying to make this about me or how I’ve been," she shares.
Olivia explains that she does not want that to be the message "because that’s not the point of this."
"Though I’m terrified to make this video and to come back," Olivia freely admits.
She acknowledges: "I know that I also want to start taking smaller steps in the right direction."
That makes sense. Returning with a 20 minute video on how she spent Thanksgiving or a new trick she uses on her eyebrows wouldn't be appropriate.
Sometimes, the best way to return to normality is baby steps.
"The moral of the story is, I’ve missed you guys so much," Olivia expresses in the video.
She continues: "And I’m just really excited to start filming again and to start uploading and I really hope you enjoy the vlog."
The video concludes with a note on the screen that reads: “Thank you for watching. I’ll see you soon."
We have kept fans up to date on Lori Loughlin's legal battle, but it looks like her daughter is doing just fine!
Well, all things considered.
But as one very self-aware commenter noted, maybe there's something wrong with a society that showers Olivia with views even after this scandal.
That said, the scandal was never her doing. Maybe we can enjoy her videos with a clear conscience.